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    Women are saying: Enough!

    Amira Ali

    2014-12-11, Issue 706

    cc PZ
    The United Nations says one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused by a partner in her lifetime. Women are increasing resisting.

    The global scourge of police killing Blacks

    Lisa Tomlinson

    2014-12-11, Issue 706

    cc STLA
    The issue of Black people being victims of systemic brutality, oppression and murder at the hands of the police is not limited to the United States. It is a global problem. If we are ever going to stop this barbaric use of authority to trample the civil and human rights of Black people we must open our eyes to what it happening on an international scale.

    Who polices the police in America?

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2014-12-11, Issue 706

    cc OS
    When the police are perceived by citizens of colour as the police, jury and executioner, it is time to pull off the Constitution and demand accountability. A peace officer can never bring peace by a trigger-happy use of the implements of war.

    Namibia: Contradictions of the 2014 elections

    Shaun Whittaker

    2014-12-11, Issue 706

    cc DW
    The increasing popularity of SWAPO as reflected in the 2014 general elections results does not make sense, especially in a situation of ever-worsening socio-economic conditions and massive corruption. What it does show, however, is that liberal democratic balloting is not some neutral event but a reflection of power relations that serve as a camouflage for social inequality.

    Surviving scarcities in Bulengo

    Women’s trial in displaced camps in North Kivu, D.R.Congo

    Raïs Neza Boneza

    2014-12-11, Issue 706

    cc RB
    As DR Congo continues to be rattled by one of the worst and longest humanitarian crises of the century, the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons seem to slowly slide into the forgotten portion of international consciousness. A visit to IDPs camps in North Kivu reminds of the very real plight they continue to be in.

    Defier of the undefiable: The political thought of Robert Sobukwe

    Sibonginkosi Mazibuko

    2014-12-11, Issue 706

    cc YT
    In December, progressive peoples across the pan-African world remember the birth of Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe. Dearly loved by his people and fiercely hated by his enemies, Sobukwe remains a tower of inspiration for Africa’s total emancipation from the forces of foreign domination.

    Bunge la Mwananchi (The People’s Parliament) Pt. II

    Reflections on social movement struggles in Kenya during the era of neoliberal globalization

    Gacheke Gachihi

    2014-12-11, Issue 706

    cc FLD
    Bunge la Mwananchi has revolutionized grassroots politics in Kenya since the 1990s. In this second part of reflections on the movement, the writer examines Bunge’s challenges and its future. Part I of this article appeared last week.

    Why we won’t wait

    Robin D. G. Kelley

    2014-12-04, Issue 705

    cc NBC
    While Black people waited for the indictment of white officer Darren Wilson who killed an unarmed Black youth in August, more Blacks were shot dead. Eventually Wilson was exonerated, sparking outrage across the country. The grand jury’s decision doesn’t surprise most Black people who are struggling for justice.

    The Darren Wilson non-indictment: Resistance to oppression is a human right!

    Ajamu Baraka

    2014-12-03, Issue 705

    cc SK
    The American State’s response to the mass discontent in the aftermath of the non-indictment of murderer of Michael Brown demonstrates the heavy-handed use of violence to deny the people the human rights to peacefully assemble and freedom of association. This is consistent with the historical uses of violence to control and suppress opposition.

    Ferguson’s reckoning for Obama

    Margaret Kimberley

    2014-12-03, Issue 705

    cc KB
    There is no need for more task forces or advisory commissions. The police must stop killing black people with impunity and nothing will make that less likely to happen than the sight of Wilson and his partners in crime sitting in federal prisons.

    Kill a black kid and get rich: Uniquely American

    Mike Caccioppoli

    2014-12-04, Issue 705

    cc AP/David Goldman
    Killer cop Darren Wilson’s increased renown and profiteering from the death of Micheal Brown is very much a product of contemporary American society’s attitudes toward media, fame, race, and class.

    Renewed rebellion in Ferguson exposes US human rights fraud

    Obama administration encourages calm amid national outrage

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2014-12-04, Issue 705

    cc LO
    Washington has engineered attacks on other nations around the world accusing them of human rights violations. Yet the administration has initiated no concrete programs to improve the plight of African Americans, particularly young black men. Every 28 hours, an unarmed black citizen is killed.

    Assata: The FBI’s most wanted woman

    A new (2014) introduction to her autobiography

    William Gumede

    2014-12-04, Issue 705

    cc FW
    In this edited version of a new introduction to Assata Shakur’s autobiography, Prof Gumede points out that centuries of colonialism, slavery and apartheid have left a legacy of institutional racism, whereby dark skins are often instinctively prejudiced in societies across the globe. Racism is also endemic in global relations between nations.

    Mauritania: How much longer can the exclusion of blacks last?

    Ciré Ba and Boubacar Diagana

    2014-12-04, Issue 705

    cc FW
    Since independence on 28 November 1960, Mauritania has put in place a system of exclusion of its black population, promoting the affirmation of an exclusively Arab identity and the negation of the country’s African foundations

    Celebrating Sobukwe's 90th birthday

    Motsoko Pheko

    2014-12-04, Issue 705

    cc PZ
    5 December marks the 90th birthday of revolutionary anti-apartheid icon and pan-Africanist Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe. This tribute is an introduction to a new book on him.

    Bunge la Mwananchi (The People’s Parliament) Pt. I

    Reflections on social movement struggles in Kenya during the era of neoliberal globalization

    Gacheke Gachihi

    2014-12-03, Issue 705

    cc FLD
    Bunge la Mwananchi has revolutionized grassroots politics in Kenya since the 1990s. Against the backdrop of elite politics and entrenched neo-liberalism, the movement has created a critical space for democratic participation from below and its impact has been far-reaching. Part II of this article appears next week.

    The lessons of Libya

    Dan Glazebrook

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc BZ
    Led by Western self-interest, NATO embarked on a massive military intervention in Libya in 2011 that leaves many lessons for the Global South. Above all stands the lesson that Western military intervention cannot bring about the desired change, but rather creates failed states.

    Building Solidarity With Africa: Struggle Against Neo-Colonialism and Imperialist Militarism

    All across the continent AFRICOM and NATO must be defeated to liberate the people

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc WOI
    Despite the existence of 54 independent states in Africa, today the principal struggle is against a new and more insidious form of exploitation and oppression, neo-colonialism. Africa must move towards socialist development in order to ensure its future.

    What does it mean for Africa to live under a One Party Planet?

    Alnoor Ladha

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc MFN
    The powerful are now united in a global hegemonic project of neo-liberalism. And everyone else pursues their own profits or growth to the detriment of everything around us under the fundamental capitalist tenet of self-interest.

    World Bank blinks as South Africa’s neoliberal state subsidises corporates, evacuates pro-poor fiscal space

    Patrick Bond

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc WB
    A World Bank report makes the incredible claim that the South African Treasury has been exceedingly generous in social spending. With that, neoliberals can now justify social spending caps or even cuts. In reality, though, South Africa has the fourth lowest public social spending amongst the world’s largest 40 countries.

    On the Commission of Inquiry into the Assassination of Walter Rodney

    Wazir Mohamed and Horace G. Campbell

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc BSN
    The commission of enquiry is both politically inconvenient and fundamentally important for justice and healing in Guyana. It is important that the friends and family of Walter Rodney internationally remain vigilant to ensure that the full truth of the circumstances surrounding the his assassination are brought to light.

    The Kagame-Power Lobby’s dishonest attack on BBC documentary on Rwanda: A rejoinder

    Odora-Obote Alex

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc NAU
    A recent article published by Pambazuka News raises many issues that relate to Rwanda’s internal politics under President Paul Kagame. But through misrepresentations, the authors reached conclusions that are untenable with regard to three key legal issues.

    ICTR celebrates 20 years of establishing impunity

    Ann Garrison

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc WWG
    To celebrate its 20th anniversary the UN International Tribunal for Rwanda, based in the Tanzanian city of Arusha, has created a documentary, narrated by an American actor, to trumpet its achievements. But to one critic, the ICTR only succeeded in bolstering the Kagame regime through victor’s justice.

    The so-called ‘Rwandan Economic miracle’ is a mirage

    Rene C Mugenzi

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    cc IT
    Many observers, including Paul Kagame’s critics of his horrendous human rights record, seem to have swallowed his storyline that he has built a formidable economic powerhouse. But the facts and figures expose the myth.

    Violence and resistance in Palestine

    An African American perspective on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Ajamu Baraka

    2014-11-28, Issue 704

    A negotiated, relatively “peaceful” resolution of the conflict is impossible. People who believe that Israel would grant sovereignty and respect the human rights of Palestinians within the context of either a one or two state solution are either naive regarding the nature of Israel’s settler project or are fundamentally dishonest.

    Africa’s dilemma: Transitioning from where to where?

    George Mwai

    2014-11-19, Issue 703

    cc NH
    Transitional Justice seeks to enable societies to come to terms with legacies of large-scale past abuse, in order to secure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation towards a future that is democratic and free from violence, but its groundings and mechanisms are fraught with multiple dilemmas.

    Beyond the TJ Industry: Transitional justice and changing international order

    Adam Branch

    2014-11-21, Issue 703

    cc Elisa Finocchiaro
    The flashy branding of the transitional justice process as ‘TJ’ does more to keep oppressive systems in place than to bring real progress where it is needed. Transitional justice must be used as a catalyst to foment real, case-by-case systemic changes instead of as a one-size-fits-all neoliberal template.

    Transitional justice: Challenging contemporary knowledge, narratives and practice

    Steve Ouma

    2014-11-21, Issue 703

    cc DS
    Transitional Justice has rarely taken into account all forms of oppression, economic discrimination, globalized injustice and a wider understanding of dignity and freedom. African societies need to theorize on transitional justice holistically in order to create social transformation.

    Jurisprudential and political economic dimensions of transitional justice in Africa

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2014-11-21, Issue 703

    cc TA/AP
    Sustainable and lasting peace in Africa’s conflict states would be better guaranteed if transitional justice included the rule of law, separation of powers, electoral reforms, decentralization and a democratic ethos nurtured by free media and a vibrant civil society.

    Exploring transitional (and other kinds of) justice in Zimbabwe

    Shannon Morreira

    2014-11-21, Issue 703

    cc AP
    The debate around how to deal with Zimbabwe’s violent past is currently dominated by the transitional justice model and the human rights discourse which accompanies it. But an analysis of the country’s history as well as its present moment presents different ways of considering ideas of justice and healing – ways that may be better suited to Zimbabwe’s particular circumstances.

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